Also talking to the neighbors will give you an framework of their perceptions living on those streets for some time.
The local alderman is a good contact because you will have a connection for handling ideas for improvement and any issues that may affect your neighborhood.
Check out the city website, too, for information on recycling, garbage, local ordiances, etc. There are also links to local events such as fireworks displays. http://www.ci.kingston.ny.us/
For median home sale prices zillow.com is a good place to start. The information may be slightly older than that of your local real estate professional.
Enjoy your new home!